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Anyone following my reviews will notice a distinct theme to my cinematic visits, comic books and sci-fi dominate the main course with big blockbuster franchises as a healthy side dish, the occasional cult pic or random choice (wife's pick) thrown in alongside kid friendly efforts for dessert. This year I've decided to be a little bit more diverse with my choices and you can't get much further away from my comfort zone than a musical. I'd read (a lot) that this is the greatest musical ever made (it's not) and will redefine cinema (it won't) and will sweep the board at the Oscars (probably will) so the buzz tempered my trepidation a little. Does it deserve the praise and did it send me searching amazon to fulfill my musical back catalogue? Yes and no.
It is a very good couple of hours in the cinema that leaves you feeling like you've had a really warm hug from the excellent Emma Stone (or the equally excellent Ryan Gosling if you'd prefer it) and will have you doing the Bilston two step on the way back to the car whilst humming the haunting main number city of stars (it's still going in my head) but thats all folks. Your not going back again and it won't be revered in years to come as classics such as singing in the rain but it will probably sweep the board during awards season as firstly it's a massive open love letter to classic hollywood and the old studios and secondly it's a brave choice by the director to tell the story in musical form and certainly a brave choice by the leads to take on singing, dancing and for gosling jazz piano. Overall I really enjoyed it, a good start to 2017 this diversification policy might just work! 7.9/10